Thanks to the crossover, the Roughies are in the playoffs and the Gades are not. This is a good thing.
Unfortunately, the Roughies are in the EAST, a legitimately weaker side of the playoff bracket. While anything can happen on Grey Cup day, it seems unfair that the Lions, Eskies, and Stamps have to play eachother while the Roughies backed into an easier playoff.
Here's what's the same:
- Eastern and Western Champions still recieve first round byes and homefield advantage.
- Eastern and Western runner-ups still recieve first round home games.
- Two "wild cards" still are invited to the playoffs.
Here's what's different:
4. Playoffs are seeded over the entire league now, with winners taking 1 and 2 spots, runner-ups taking 3 and 4 spots, and 5 and 6 going to the wild cards.
5. Like in the NFL and NHL, there is no solid bracket until the semi-finals - highest seed plays lowest seed.
6. This means that the playoffs you play are the playoffs that you earned.
Assuming rankings stay the way they are now, this would be the playoff schedule:
(6)SSK @ (3)EDM
(5)CAL @ (4)MTL
Edmonton would play Toronto in the semi-finals if they won, Saskatchewan would play B.C. if they won. The winner of the CAL-MTL game would play whoever the other winner doesn't.
Anyways, that just makes the most sense to me.